Book reviews, Health, Holistic Health Care, Self Care

The Bloated Belly Whisperer by Tamara Duker Freeman, MS, RD, CDN

3/5 stars

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My Review:

This book explains the different areas of the abdomen and different kinds of belly bloating and then gives the reader a quiz to take to figure out what kind of belly bloat the reader has.  From there the reader can just read the section or sections pertaining to their type of belly bloat.  There are recipes and ideas for immediate changes to relieve the issue as well as long-term changes in diet to prevent recurrence.

I found the book interesting but the review copy does not contain the quiz and a lot of pages were in gibberish, I assume so that reviewers can’t steal info and if they are really interested, they still have to buy the actual book.  I think this book could be very helpful to someone experiencing bloating and the author does explain when you need to see a doctor because the symptoms require more than just a self-help book.

I requested this book because I have had issues with belly bloat.  I went to a functional medicine doctor who advised me to do an elimination diet, which the author discuss in several sections of the book.  It was determined that I have a sensitivity to corn.  As long as I avoid corn, I am usually fine, but sometimes too much sugar or salt can trigger some bloating for me.  I think knowing your triggers is helpful and there are times when you might decide to just go for it and have that kettle corn, even though you know it will bloat you the next day, it’s not a serious condition.  But it is imperative to find out if your bloating could be signaling something else in your body.

I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because there are not a lot of illustrations or photos, and I think in 2018, we are used to more visual presentations with at least little boxes of additional information and photos of recipes; also while I think there is a lot of great information in this book, a lot of the review copy was in gibberish and I don’t feel I was able to get a really good idea of the book.